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 Esopus Biking Trails | Bike Paths

hiking, hunting, great place for children, nature study, mountain biking, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, day of hiking, local farms in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Ulster New York, Hudson River Valley | Ulster Shaupeneak Ridge "Scenic Hudson Valley"

  Shaupeneak Ridge
Esopus, Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Esopus, Ulster County (790 acres)—Located on the slopes and top of Shaupeneak Ridge, part of the Marlboro Mountains, the preserve offers a cornucopia of treats for nature lovers — wildflower-filled grasslands, woods, a waterfall and pond, stunning rock formations and an abundance of wildlife, including beaver, deer, coyotes and turkeys. Just as impressive are the vistas, stretching to the Hudson River and, once the leaves have fallen, the Catskill Mountains. (Scenic Hudson has protected farmland at the base of Shaupeneak Ridge to ensure pastoral views from the preserve remain unspoiled.) This splendor, combined with the rugged terrain, has made Shaupeneak Ridge one of the region's prime mountain-biking destinations. The preserve also is the site of Scenic Hudson's annual Spring Sprint 5K Trail Race. At whatever speed you enjoy the trails, you'll be amply rewarded." Shaupeneak Ridge  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Highland Biking Trails | Bike Paths

Things to Do at Franny Reese State Park, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Picnicking, Scenic Hudson Valley, Walking trails, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing, snoeshoeing, Walkway Over The Hudson, Franny Reese Park, restaurants in Ulster County | Ulster Franny Reese State Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

  Franny Reese State Park
Macks Lane
Highland, NY 12528
Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Scenic Hudson initially protected (and continues to manage) this stunning landscape, now owned by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and named in memory of Frances "Franny" Reese (1917-2003), Scenic Hudson's guiding spirit. Its 2.5 miles of trails follow in part an historic carriage road that passes the ruins of a 19th-century estate, while an overlook affords superb views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and the City of Poughkeepsie." Franny Reese State Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .

12601State Historic Park, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, nationwide railway network, new state park, Hudson River, history, maps, activities, Poughkeepsie NY Dutchess County, Highland NY Ulster County | Ulster Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Ulster

  "On October 3, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson opened the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world." Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Ulster | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Kerhonkson Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12446, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley, Shawangunk Mountain ridge, visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve, waterfalls, New York City, Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Boating, Cross-Country Skiing, Food, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Swimming | Ulster Minnewaska State Park

  Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located at 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson NY 12446, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

"Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriage roads and 35 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City. Minnewaska State Park | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Kingston Biking Trails | Bike Paths

D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, Delaware & Hudson Canal, Brief History, Things to Do at D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, Biking, Bird Watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wildlife watching | Ulster D & H Canal Heritage Corridor

  The D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, 35-miles in size, is located in central Ulster County. The route follows the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad trail, and the scenic Rondout Creek.

From D&H Canal Heritage Corridor Alliance: "Thirty-five miles of historic adventure, this route traces the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the New York Ontario & Western Railroad, and the scenic Rondout Creek. Spanning the width of a rural valley in central Ulster County, this trail provides access to many outstanding natural and historic resources. Experience the D&H Canal towpaths and locks, historic hamlets, monumental cement caves and kilns, the forested and pastoral route of the abandoned O&W Railroad, scenic woodlands and stream valleys, wetlands, and other natural resources along the way." D & H Canal Heritage Corridor | Ulster  website and more . . .

12401, Lake Trail, Bluestone Wild Forest, Walk the trai,Things to Do at Onteora Lake Trail, Boating, Hiking Onteora Lake Trail, Mountain Biking, Paddle in the lake | Ulster Onteora Lake Hike in Bluestone Wild Forest

  Onteora Lake Trail in Bluestone Wild Forest is located in the Town of Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

Distance: 1.8 miles
Markers: Yellow
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 200 feet ascent Onteora Lake Hike in Bluestone Wild Forest | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 New Paltz Biking Trails | Bike Paths

multi-use linear county park, Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger, Walkway Over the Hudson State Park, regional trail network, Things to Do on the Dutchess Rail Trail, Biking, Hiking, Nature Walks, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Ulster Dutchess Rail Trail - William R. Steinhaus DRT

  The William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail (WRS DRT) is a 13.4 mile multi-use linear county park that runs through the middle of Dutchess County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill, with a direct link to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and the regional trail network.

"The WRS DRT has being earning accolades since its first section opened in 2008, and it was named “Best New Hiking Trail in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley magazine. In 2014, the WRS DRT was As additional sections have been completed, use and acclaim have grown exponentially. Dutchess Rail Trail - William R. Steinhaus DRT | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Shandaken Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12404,Hike, Rochester, NY, Ulster County, hiking Rochester Hollow, Things to Do at Rochester Hollow, 
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Rochester Hollow Trail at Shandaken Wild Forest

  The Rochester Hollow Trail at Shandaken Wild Forest is located in the Town of Shandaken, NY 12480 in Ulster County.

Distance: Up to 6 miles
Elevation: Ascent up to 800 feet

Rochester Hollow Trail
"From the parking lot, the abandoned road climbs gently and steadily along the stream, passing low hemlock stands. At about 1 mile, the trail gets steeper for ˝ mile, then becomes gentler, passing a 1921 Burroughs Forest Memorial Plaque, 2 small ponds and house ruins before stopping at private lands (about 3 miles). Good for cross-country skiing and limited mountain biking. At the end of the 3-mile road is an accessible lean-to campsite (with hardened surfaces, accessible picnic table, fireplace and privy)." Rochester Hollow Trail at Shandaken Wild Forest | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Ulster County Biking Trails | Bike Paths

Catskill Park, Ulster, Greene, forest preserve, Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Boating, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Snowmobiles | Ulster Catskill Forest Preserve - Ulster

  "The Catskill Park is a mountainous region of public and private lands in Southeastern New York's Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan Counties. Evidence of the area's unique natural history can be seen in the impressive skyline formed by the ninety-eight peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation. Human activities such as logging, quarrying, tanning, trapping, and fishing have also shaped the Park's more recent history. Today, tourism and recreation play a prominent role in both supporting the region's economy and creating an awareness of the Catskills' ecological significance. Catskill Forest Preserve - Ulster | Ulster  website and more . . .

Long Path Trail 15 - 20: Hiking / Biking Southern Catskills

  Long Path Trail 15 - 20: Southern Catskills - Hiking and Mountain Biking the Long Path Trail

"These sections of the Long Path mark the beginning of the route through Catskill Park. The Catskill Park has spectacular scenery and considerable rugged terrain. It passes over Slide Mountain, the tallest in the Catskills. Nowhere does the Long Path go higher. Small villages nestled in the valleys provide a break from the traverses through dense forests carpeting most of the Catskill Mountains. Most of its route follows DEC trails maintained by the Trail Conference. The trails are generally marked with different colored plastic markers. These are usually the only trail identification except at major trail junctions. The LP aqua paint blaze is reserved for when the trail crosses private property and road sections. As the Long Path changes frequently from one DEC trail to another, hikers must watch carefully for turns and make sure that they are on the proper trail. Most trail DEC junctions have signs that give the trail names and the direction and distance to important points (Distances are not always accurate on these signs.). At many of these intersections, a plastic Long Path marker indicates the route of the Long Path. Camping is permitted on State land at elevations below 3,500 feet (this elevation is usually marked by signs along the trails), and at locations at least 150 feet away from trails and water. The Long Path also passes several DEC lean-tos and campgrounds." Long Path Trail 15 - 20:  Hiking / Biking Southern Catskills | Ulster  more . . .

Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club

  Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club (MHBC) is a recreational club founded in 1966. Its goal is to enhance member's enjoyment of cycling by offering organized rides and activities and various informational programs. The club promotes and encourages cycling by providing safe, pleasant opportunities to bicycle. Membership is open to anyone interested in cycling, from a beginning cyclist up to an expert. Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club | Ulster  website and more . . .

Denning, Olive, Shandaken in Ulster County, Things to Do at Slide Mountain Wilderness, Camping Primitive, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Scenic Views, Trapping, Wildlife Watching, Hiking Trails, Winter Activities at Slide Mountain, Cross-Country Skiing | Ulster Slide Mountain Wilderness

  Slide Mountain Wilderness in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering 35 miles of trails, is located in the towns of Denning, Olive, and Shandaken in Ulster County, New York.

"The Slide Mountain Wilderness, encompassing more than 47,500 acres, is the largest and most popular wilderness area in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Extensive foot trails provide access to the remote interior, often climbing over lofty peaks with spectacular views. Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in all of the Catskills, inspired poet and naturalist John Burroughs to write; "Here the works of man dwindle, in the heart of the southern Catskills." A plaque commemorating both the man and the mountain graces the face of the summit rock, in tribute to Burroughs and his vision. Slide Mountain Wilderness | Ulster  website and more . . .

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Bike Paths | Biking Trails
Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam
Rensselaer, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster
Hudson Valley

Find up-to-date list of biking trails in the Hudson Valley of New York. Review the best places to go biking in the Hudson Valley. Easily find places to bike by location. Biking trails are listed by town, village, or hamlet, within county in the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. Learn about the many biking trails in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster counties. Experience biking at its best at where you will find biking paths and bike trails to satisfy all levels of bikers.

Plan a family biking trip. Kids love to spend time out and about with their family; especially if you pack a delicious picnic lunch for the family to enjoy during your family day out. Be sure to pack plenty of water, healthy snacks, and your biking gear. Visit Biking Trails | Bike Paths; select a bike trail that matches your level of experience. Experienced bikers will find many challenging bike rides. Beginners and moderate bikers will also find many trails suitable for their level of expertise. Enjoy a day out biking in the Hudson Valley. A day outdoors, surrounded by nature, can be satisfying while providing great exercise. Also, enjoy the fun of going somewhere by bike.

Biking provides a fun method of transportation that affords many health benefits. You can bike off main roads and find great biking paths in country settings filled with beautiful landscapes and nature. Also enjoy the thrill of going somewhere without car fumes and noise.

Biking is an invigorating and liberating experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Children and teens can enjoy biking with their grandparents; giving everyone an opportunity to have a fun day out and learn more about each other. In warm weather, pack a picnic, find a beautiful setting, and enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.

Health Benefits of Biking
Riding a bike is good for your health and is lots of fun. Biking offers many opportunities to get in shape and get healthy. Biking can help protect you from depression, diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, strokes, and it is believed that biking can also protect you from some cancers. Riding a bike is a healthy, low-impact form of exercise and is safe for people of all ages that are in generally good health. Regular biking stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation while reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Biking is a low impact exercise. Biking causes less strain and inuries than many other forms of exercise.

  • Biking offers muscle workout. Biking uses all major muscle groups as you pedal, especially up-hill.

  • Biking improves strength, stamina, and aerobic fitness.

  • Biking is an excellent means of transportation for short or even longer distances.

  • Biking is flexible and can be used to build up endurance.

  • Biking is good for beginners since you can vary the intensity of a bike ride by initially riding on flat trails rather than hills, and by biking at low speeds.

Biking trails are often surrounded by fresh air, trees, the sounds of birds, small animals, and the wonderful breadth of nature. Hudson Valley biking offers a wide range of places to go biking for all levels of bikers. The beginning biker, intermediate, and experienced biker can find places to bike that are suitable to their level of expertise.

Plan a day, weekend, or vacation in the Hudson Valley where you can experience the best biking has to offer. Take a short bike trip or plan a more challenging biking trip along scenic landscapes; and immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

    Biking with Kids
    Biking is ranked among the best activities for kids and most kids really enjoy biking. When planning a biking trip, let the child's ability guide you. Some kids are more comfortable on a bike than others, so when selecting a bike trail include your children when selecting a bike trail.

    Benefits of biking with kids are many. Biking allows you to share an experience or adventure with your child where you can discover nature as you bike one of many excellent Hudson Valley biking paths. Biking benefits include breathing fresh air, nature study where you learn about birds, small animals, wild flowers, trees, and more about the natural world around us.

    You can work together with your child to map out and determine the biking route that best suits you and your child's ability. Show them maps with biking trails and teach them how to read these biking maps. In addition to the many benefits listed above, biking is good for your mental and physical health, and biking is mostly a free activity. Biking is within reach of most people that are reasonably healthy, regardless of financial circumstances.

    Involve your child in the planning stages of preparing a family biking trip. Select a trail together, and then create a simple map that your child can read while on the trail. You can also teach the child how to read trail markers. If your child is not initially interested in biking, you may want to reward your child at the end of a bike for helping to find the biking markers and the way forward or back to home base. This added incentive may encourage your child to enjoy the biking experience.

    During the preparation phase of the bike, give children a list of biking essentials and let them pack their own biking bag or backpack. The backpack should include gear similar to your own such as a whistle, rainwear, compass, and first-aid kit. In addition to involving the children in adventures of biking they will feel grownup and responsible as you work together to make the bike trip a success.

    When collecting supplies for your bike trip, always include plenty of water, healthy snacks that your child enjoys, and a map that your child can read. Involve them in decisions of where to bike as you would involve another adult. Here are some suggestions toward building a successful biking experience with kids:

  • Invite your child's friend so they can share the adventure together; as we all know, "Grownups can get boring."

  • Pack protein snacks that are good for the kids and that they enjoy eating.

  • In cool weather, pack warm dry clothes and backup clothing.

  • Plan a biking trip with a special activity or attraction at the end of the trail. For example:

  • The most important thing to remember is that biking should be fun. Don't stress if you cannot complete your biking trip, or if it starts to rain, or if it's too hot. Just enjoy the time you have together. These memories will last a lifetime for both you, your children, and your whole family.

Biking Trails in the lower-Hudson Valley
Biking in Westchester County
Biking in Rockland County

Biking Trails in the mid-Hudson Valley
Biking in Putnam County
Biking in Orange County
Biking in Dutchess County
Biking in Ulster County

The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Columbia County. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced bikers will find many biking paths and trails. Check for places to go hinking in Columbia.
The mid-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Greene County. Find trails for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, Check for places to bike in Greene.
The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Rensselaer County. Find trails at all levels for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, Check for places to bike in Rensselaer.
The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Albany County. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, you will find many trails at all levels. Check for places to bike in Albany.
Although biking trails vary in difficulty, a common thread is that biking is good for your physical and mental health as well as your spirit. Many biking trails are located in large parks; allowing you to breath fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature such as the sounds of birds and small animals running about; and biking trails usually run through scenic landscapes offering great photo opportunities. Before starting your first bike trip review essentials for biking.
    Essentials for Biking Safety on City Streets and in the Country include:

  • Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.

  • Always wear your helmet - Bicyclist's 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet when operating a bicycle. The helmet must conform to the standard established by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell) at all times.

  • Never ride against traffic - Motorist’s aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other operating vehicles.

  • Don’t pass on the right - Motorist's may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.

  • Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

  • Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.

  • Never operate a bicycle wearing headphones, talking on a cell phone or text messaging - Wearing headphones, talking on a cell phone or text messaging when operating a bicycle can be a deadly distraction. Be alert to your surroundings; stop your bicycle when sending or receiving a cell phone call or text message.

  • Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked “right-turn only.”

  • Do not consume alcohol - Consuming alcohol and operating a bicycle do not mix. Alcohol can dramatically diminish a bicyclist’s cognitive and physical abilities and can result in a crash.

  • Dress appropriately - In rain, wear a poncho or a waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear brightly colored clothing.

  • Use hand signals - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy and of self-protection.

  • Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic - Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic.

  • Choose the best way to turn left - There are two choices: (1) Like an automobile: Signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: Ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.

  • Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver who might pose a threat to your safety.

  • Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

  • Use lights at night - New York law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a red rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).

  • Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.

  • Source: Tips for Safe Biking.

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